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Mark Johnson Composite Lighting Tutorial

By Anthony Thurston on March 29th 2013

One of the hardest things I have found when working on composites is getting the lighting right. Bad lighting can completely ruin an otherwise perfectly done composite. Photographer Mark S. Johnson did this great tutorial on how to light for composite portraits. I found it to be very helpful and I am sure you can learn something from it as well.

My Thoughts

I really found the lighting configurations that he shared the most interesting. The fact that they will be mostly the same for almost any composite was a surprise for me, I would have thought that there was more variation in lighting. Just from my inexperience with composites I would have thought that more time would be put into matching the lighting of the background you intend to put the subject in, but it seems that this is not the case – at least with this style of composite work. I am excited to get out and try this out over the weekend.

What do you guys think? Did this help your understanding of composite lighting? Let us know in a comment below. 

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. kenyee

    600W of hotlights = ISO640 1/30th sec? Ugh. Strobes FTW….

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  2. Pixyst

    Waiting for the next part!

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  3. micha8583

    Now why do I have this kind of deja vu? Methinks, Joel Grimes has been doing just that in the [F]ramed Series “Lit up” more than a year ago. Just way better.

    But then, this might be just my imagination runnig wild….

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  4. Kevin

    Where’s the Composite?

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